Indonesian president sworn in for a second term
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
President Indonesia. During his election campaign he promised economic growth and political reform. Under his previous term he worked to remove corruption with the .has been sworn in for a second five-year term as president of
During yesterday morning's ceremonial swearing-in at the national assembly in 85% are Muslim. "The essence of our programme for the next five years is to improve welfare, strengthen democracy and the legal system," he said. "In the middle of the economic crisis, Indonesia can still grow positively. But we cannot stay idle, as our tasks are far from over.", broadcast throughout the country, he swore to uphold the constitution on the ; Indonesia is the largest country in the world, with 234 million people, of which around
The president won just over 60% in July's elections, well ahead of main rival, former president and daughter of ex-president , who brought the archipelago to independence. Megawati and former vice-president challenged the results, claiming irregularities in votes, but in August the ruled that the claims were unfounded.
Many challenges lie ahead for the president. He stated that his priority was economic growth of 4% in the face of the global financial recession. He has promised to create new jobs, reduce the number of people living under the poverty line and also encourage investment. His other tasks include handling recovery from the recent earthquakes, combating terrorism, instigating bureaucratic and labour law reforms, and improving infrastructure.
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